President Obama's changes to U.S.-Cuba policy

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 13:50

The Obama administration's announced changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba have dominated today's headlines. Jonathan Keyser, an intern with the Center for International Policy's Cuba Program, offers this analysis. Yesterday, the Obama administration announced its decision to remove all travel and remittance restrictions for Cuban Americans.


Ecuador's Humanitarian Emergency: The Spillover of Colombia's Conflict

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 14:10

Download the report: (PDF, 1.1 MB) Over the past nine years, an estimated 300,000 Colombian refugees have crossed their country's border with Ecuador, fleeing persecution, threats, disappearances, murders and deliberate displacement by the parties to Colombia's long conflict. In November 2008, staff from the Center for International Policy accompanied Rep.


Mexican Navy to Participate in First Joint Exercise with U.S.

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 14:02

In a press conference yesterday with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed that for the first time, the Mexican military is going to take part in a joint military exercise with the United States.


El Salvador Extends Forward Operating Location Agreement with U.S.

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 04/06/2009 - 13:59

Last week, the Government of El Salvador extended its agreement with the United States to allow U.S. anti-narcotics aircraft to operate out of the Salvadoran Air Force base at Comalapa for five more years. Since March 2000, the United States has used the Comalapa Air Force base as a Forward Operating Location (FOL) - the same arrangement as the Manta Air Base in Ecuador, which U.S.


Secretary Clinton's Remarks on U.S-Mexico Security Cooperation

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 12:45

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spent the past two days in Mexico at the invitation of Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa. After her meeting with Foreign Minister Espinosa and President Felipe Calderón yesterday, Secretary Clinton attended a press conference with the Foreign Minister.


Obama Administration Unveils Border Security Policy on Eve of Secretary Clinton's Trip to Mexico

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 13:59

Tomorrow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Mexico to meet with President Felipe Calderón and other top Mexican officials. And most likely, she will be taking with her the new Obama Administration plan for security on the U.S-Mexico border, which was unveiled today.


Mexico is focus of Armed Service Committee Hearing

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 13:57

On March 17, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing to receive testimony on U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Transportation Command. Although it was a general hearing about all of the Commands, Committee members expressed their growing concern about the alarming violence on the Mexican border and had specific questions for Admiral Jim Stavridis [PDF] , U.S.


Growing Concern about Iran's Influence in Latin America

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 14:09

Yesterday, at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing "To receive testimony on the United States Southern Command, United States Northern Command, United States Africa Command, and United States Transportation Command," U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis, the commander of Southcom, brought up concerns regarding the increased Iranian and Hezbollah activities in Latin America. His comments appear to serve to expand upon U.S.


Official reactions to the Salvadoran election result

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 15:23

Below, thanks to CIP Intern Stacy Ulmer, are remarks of government officials around the region regarding the results of Sunday’s elections in El Salvador:

“We applaud the democratic process in El Salvador, and we give our most enthusiastic best wishes to El Salvador for their democratic examples” -Álvaro Uribe Vélez, President of Colombia


The FMLN's Victory in El Salvador

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 13:18

On Sunday, El Salvador held historic elections. For the first time in 20 years, a government led by a party other than the conservative ARENA proved victorious. And the victor was none other than the party of the former leftist guerrillas, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), who during El Salvador's 12 year civil war fought against the U.S. backed government. 17 years after the war ended, the FMLN's candidate, Mauricio Funes, was elected with 51% of the vote to be the country's next president.